Calling all dog lovers! The San Francisco Peninsula is the perfect place to vacation with your favorite pooch. Whether heading to the dog park for a game of fetch or craving a glass of red wine at La Nebbia, your dog is more than welcome to join. Here’s your ultimate guide to day tripping in pet-friendly San Mateo County/Silicon Valley with your furry friend.
San Mateo County/Silicon Valley is a pet owner’s dream destination, and for good reason. Besides public parks where dogs are allowed on leash, there are several dog parks. Many locals recommend Seal Point Dog Park on Hart Clinton Drive because it spans three acres. There are also enclosed areas for big dogs and another area for smaller dogs. Seal Point Dog Park is actually part of San Mateo Shoreline Park, which has some great walking paths and viewpoints. There’s a lot to see and do here, so why not make a day of it!
There’s no need to leave your pup behind on your trip through San Mateo County/Silicon Valley. Several hotels are pet-friendly, so take your pick. Sixteen dog-friendly properties are on the San Francisco Bay side and another nine on the San Mateo County Pacific Coastside. One of those is the Half Moon Bay Lodge, a spacious property with plenty of room for your pet to run. There’s even a dog park less than a mile away! Remember to book in advance, as the hotels have a limited number of pet-friendly rooms.
Many businesses welcome pets and their owners with open arms, and wineries are no exception. La Nebbia Winery in Half Moon Bay allows patrons to bring their dogs along for a wine tasting. If the weather’s nice, which is often, you can take your pooch to the picnic area for a snack or run around the bocce ball court. Can’t get enough of their hearty reds at your tasting? Swing by their shop to purchase a bottle for later. If time permits, explore more of Half Moon Bay’s green spaces. Want something with a view of SF Bay? Check out Thomas Fogarty Winery.
San Mateo County/Silicon Valley has some great shops and boutiques where you can find both tech gear (hey, it’s Silicon Valley, after all!) and one-of-a-kind jewelry. The open-air Stanford Shopping Center welcomes pets year-round. The dog-friendly mall has an outdoor garden and 35 varieties of trees, not to mention hundreds of flower-filled baskets. While outdoor spaces are no problem, make sure to ask each shop whether pets are permitted inside before leading your dog indoors. It’s usually not a problem, but it never hurts to ask! Many of the cities’ downtowns offer pet water bowls, with numerous stores welcoming your furry friend.
Getting around town with your pooch? No problem! The Bay Area Rapid Transit, aka the BART, is very pet-friendly, so you won’t need special permission to ride with your pet in tow. There’s no extra charge for riding with your pet, but it’s important to follow their one rule: that animals be secured in a container, rather than off leash. If you have a service dog, this rule does not apply. So, whether taking the BART to San Mateo for a stroll or getting lunch in Millbrae, your pup can come along for the ride!
See all that San Mateo County/Silicon Valley has to offer and plan your trip now.